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A miner’s dream: Courtland (access required)

Shortly after the turn of the century, surface conditions indicating a mother lode of copper had people flocking to a site 20 miles east of Tombstone. However, like so many other wide-eyed miners and their families, the people would discover how quickly even the most metropolitan of Western towns rises and falls in the desert.

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